One simple turn of the key, connecting the starter to the flywheel, the engine ignites with a rumble and your heart starts. It hit us here at Woody Boater that there may be a new term for the world we live in that is not defined by the material that our boats are made of. Our boats are mechanical and void of any fancy electronics or other stuff that goes out of date, or randomly fails for no reason other than its made of plastic and has electronics in it. We are “Analog Boaters”! Sure I will admit that certain safety sensors and such are all huge deals. But do we really need digital dash boards? There is a pure simplistic beauty in the purity of mechanical stuff.
There is an artistic element also, knowing that our boats regardless of material used are all hand made, designed by hand, and built by hand. No robots, or computers. Just drawing boards, talent and human emotion all put together in the boat you love. That is art no matter how you look at it. You can feel it in the slight imperfections of humanity
I have said many times that there is not an ugly part on many of our boats. Maybe just my mug, but each and every part has a purpose, and in that there is a truthiness to it all. Heck even a 3 inch copper pipe is beutiful and purposeful. That’s what its about, there is clean purity of it all. Even varnish is a pure thing. It’s clear, and only enhances what lies beneath those coats of clear lust. So next time you are out there on your boat, celebrate the analogness of it all. Because, you my fellow Analog Boater are the most critical analog thing on the boat.